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August 27, 2016 / 23 Av, 5776
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King David Era Find ‘Buried’ by Authorities for Political Reasons

Soon the area will be handed over to the PA.

Temple columns in Beit Shean (illustration image).

Temple columns in Beit Shean (illustration image).
Photo Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash 90

The initial discovery was made by Benjamin Troper, the training coordinator of the Kfar Etzion field school, who suddenly, while aiding a troubled tourist down a deep cave south of Jerusalem, turned to look at the nearby wall and saw an ancient stone column.

“I had gone down that hole dozens of times,” Tropper told Makor Rishon, “but this was the first time, because I was helping the tourist, that I came down looking in that direction.”

What he saw was a bona fide ancient column with a capital, which he recognized from his years as tour guide and from the time he spent working in excavating ancient Jerusalem.

That’s the story of a remarkably rare archeological discovery, which no one has heard about. For some reason, possibly political, the Israeli authorities have been trying to silence this discovery which could usher in a breakthrough in our understanding of the periods of King David and his son, King Solomon.

The column capital Tropper ran, or rather climbed down into, is very likely part of a complete temple or palace buried underground.

Tropper, who expected nothing short of a medal for his fortunate discovery, called over the field school’s director, Yaron Rosenthal, who in turn alerted a senior employee of Israel’s Antiquities Authority. But no medals were to come any time soon.

The find is really big, according to Rosenthal. It may also be a singular opportunity to unearth a whole structure that hadn’t undergone “secondary use,” meaning that it hasn’t been altered by later dwellers of the area. Often, later period folks utilize the components of older structures as building blocks for their own structures.

But even better than that: there are still, to this day, raging debates between the school of archeologists who claim there was a great Jewish dynasty begun by David and Solomon, and the school that doubts there ever really existed two people by those names.

Rosenthal (you know which school he belongs to) believes the discovery will offer startling details about the everyday lives of those Jewish kings.

According to Rosenthal, the reaction of the Antiquities official was “astonishing.” He told him: “Yaron, please, you found it, but we know about it. Now forget the whole thing and keep your mouth shut.”

Apparently they’re very blunt over at Antiquities.

Later, Rosenthal found out that the authority had indeed been aware of the artifact for a year and a half. He is upset both for the fact that they avoided digging up the area to discover what’s down there, and for the fact that they took no steps to mark off the cave, to protect it from damage.

Over the past few months, the defense ministry was drawing the path of the section of the security fence that will separate the Palestinian Authority’s Bethlehem County from South Jerusalem. They knew about it at Antiquities, reports Makor Rishon, but kept mum and let the fence line be drawn about a hundred yards from the site, effectively leaving it in Palestinian hands.

According to Makor Rishon, Antiquities’ director-general Shuka Dorfman and former chief of the central front Gen. Avi Mizrahi were called in to look at the find, a year and a half ago and decided together to silence the discovery.

The question is, based on their track record, how respectful would the future owners of the area, the PA, of a site that could prove beyond doubt that it used to belong to a Jewish empire – the very empire the PA officially says never existed.

The Antiquities Authority’s response to the Makor Rishon inquiry has been that it is aware of the situation and is already making efforts to excavate the important find, while cooperating with all relevant entities.

That’s a huge relief.

Incidentally, inside the cave where the exposed column capital is situated, there is a water hole, where local Arab children go bathing. How long before one of them discovers the ancient relic and calls his daddy over?

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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24 Responses to “King David Era Find ‘Buried’ by Authorities for Political Reasons”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is among the reasons why Israel will be overrun by an Arab force as says Ezekiel and Zechariah, because the nation does not believe G-d…

    But G-d has left us a remnant and the time to understand it is now:

    And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

    And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

    Lift your heart to Yeshua he was wounded for our iniquity and the chastisement of our peace was laid on him.

  2. Gil Gilman says:

    Does this mean that the powers that be are pitifully inept, or just paid off?

  3. Time to move quickly to move the entire structure to a safe museum.

  4. Quick move the illegal Jordanian colonists back to Jordan.

  5. I agree,Israel should protect the structure right away!

  6. Jimi Dunlop says:

    This's fantastic, and at the same time worrying at the thought of its possible fate. It doesn't say when the author discovered it or when the initial discovery was made by the Israeli authorities though? I'd like to know how long they've been sitting on this.

  7. Jimi Dunlop says:

    This's fantastic news, and at the same time worrying because of its possible fate if the PA ever get their hands on it. It doesn't say when Benjamin Troper made his discovery or when the Israeli authorities first became aware of it though. I'd like to know how long they've been sitting on this. Is it years, decades? Can you imagine how great it would be if they excavated this site and found a stele and in nice big pre-exilic Hebrew the name "SHLOMO" carved into it?

  8. Jay Lowell says:

    It proves that science is not the vestal virgin seeking truth that it claims to be.There is aways an agenda.

  9. Sick 'medina' no self-esteem. The boat 'The Mavi Mamara' was another prime example (3 soldiers still sick) of 'The Chelm State.'

  10. The 'mediina' is sick. "If you do My will, I will do your will and undo the will of others before you, but if you do not do My Will…etc. Ethics of the Fathers

  11. Gil Gilman says:

    From the article: "there are still, to this day, raging debates between the school of archeologists who claim there was a great Jewish dynasty begun by David and Solomon, and the school that doubts there ever really existed two people by those names." The denial school deny because they do not want them to have existed. Every new archaeological find pointing to the truth, sounds the hammer blow , a death knell to their "beliefs."

  12. It's extremely sad that the Horns of the Altar find (I think it was in Shiloh ) was destroyed because it was not protected.

    This artifact in the Kfar Etzion area sound like a first rate exhibit for the Israel Museum or others.

    Rules of leaving artifacts in their sites, should be replaced in this case with digging up the entire site and moving it.

    It will not last very long after Israel abandons it.

  13. Brian Hildebrand says:

    How long before some palestinian daddy reads the details you have given in this article and beginto actively search for the place where his children are bathing or tell them to look for such a thing and report it to him. I'm sure he will thank you for the "Heads up"on this.

  14. Grace Acosta says:

    Loren, best idea I've heard all day!

  15. Grace Acosta says:

    Brian, that was my first thought, too. In this case, I'd say fill in that hole with sand. When Moschiach comes (soon and in our days!) it will be time to reveal all.

  16. Grace Acosta says:

    Brian, that was my first thought, too. In this case, I'd say fill in that hole with sand. When Moschiach comes (soon and in our days!) it will be time to reveal all.

  17. "Calls his daddy over" No worries you could always shoot him.

  18. You have no clue on what your talking about.The name Yeshua was never found ever in any early writing, visit http://www.jewishisaiah53.com to get the real run down.

  19. Richrd Neal says:

    Always remember "The Scriptures are an anvil that has worn out many a hammer."

  20. Alex Borg says:

    you…umm… got a little foam stuck in the corner of your mouth.

  21. Jay Raskin says:

    Forget actual science, give us rumors. We should base our knowledge of the past on rumors, especially rumors by tour guides who stand to profit handsomely if enough people believe the rumors and pay to get a look see.

  22. LOL. Think we'd have heard about this if it were true.

  23. Anonymous says:

    not worthy of jewish ideas daily.

  24. Yeah especially since it was Arab children already bathing in it

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